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Crate by Erik Frydenborg for the work of Norman Laich
2019.09.06-11.03
Who’s Werner?
Thanks to Antanas Gerlikas, Audrius Pocius, Benjamin Roth, Celine Condorelli, David Robson (Margot Sandeman Estate), Denise Scott Brown, Dovilė Grigaliūnaitė, Erik Frydenborg, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Isa Genzken, James Langdon, Joan Hughson, John Baldassari, Jonas Lozoraitis ,Jonas Mekas, Jurga Daubaraite, Justina Zubaitė, Kristina Pallova (Marian Goodman Gallery), Kęstutis Kuizinas, Laura Klimanskaite, Lauren Sher (Marian Goodman Gallery), Linda Burchill, Lucy Skaer, Margot Sandeman, Maxine Kopsa, Mien Devriendt, Nerijus Rimkus, Norm Laich, Paul Robbrechts, Peter Robson (Margot Sandeman Estate), Pia Simig (the Estate of Ian Hamilton Finlay), Robert Venturi, Ronja Andersson, Sebastian Mekas, Simon Harlow, Tracey Powel, Virginija Januškevičiūtė, Yana Foqué.

September 7—November 3, 2019
Opening: September 6, 6pm


Who’s Werner? is a group show that looks into the practices of highly skilled thinkers, craftsmen, lovers who have collaborated with an artist over a long period of time.

The title of the show is a reference to Martin Kippenberger’s project ‘Lieber Maler, Male Mir’ from 1981, for which Kippenberger commissioned a professional billboard painter called Werner to realise a series of large realist paintings of himself. Although Kippenberger fully acknowledged Werner's role in his project, nobody knows more about Werner than his first name. Werner might not even be real, yet he embodies a figure whose work commonly is kept a public secret. Through a number of case studies the show unveils these mutualistic relationship that lay at the heart of collaborations, while also exposing the misconceptions that exist around how a piece of art is made as well as the structures that keep those misconceptions intact.

This exhibition is a collaboration between CAC Vilnius and Kunstverein and is financially supported by the Lithuanian Cultural Council, Kunstverein’s (Gold) Members. The show will open to the public in Amsterdam on November 15, 2019.


Important dates:

September 6, 18:00
Grand Opening!

September 7, 18:00
Guided tour with the curator

Oktober 18, 20:00
Book Launch Grace Crowley, edited by Riet Wijnen

As an addendum to the exhibition Who's Werner? Kunstverein Publishing is proud to present 'Grace Crowley', a publication based on the letters send to the Australian abstract painter and teacher Grace Crowley. For the publication this correspondence have been transcribed and categorised by Riet Wijnen to construct an alternative biography solely through the relationships Crowley maintained throughout her life.

Earlier in this series Kunstverein Publishing brought out 'Marlow Moss'. Both books give an insight into the lives of two spectacular women. CAC is delighted to host the Baltic launch of this special publication with a reading by the editor, followed by an interview about these two projects and their relation to the show.

November 3, 15:00
Finissage of the exhibition

Last chance to see the exhibition in Vilnius, before it is taken down and packed up to travel to Kunstverein Amsterdam where, like a fenix it will rise up again just in time for the Amsterdam Art Weekend.


Educational program

Daily - a treasure hunt through the exhibition
on request - workshop Who’s Werner?

Calendar
Circle Books: Politics of Access, Archival Use and Partnerships in Publishing
Discussion: “News from Elsewhere”. The role of culture in the democratic transformation of Europe in the late 1980s
Vilniaus galerijų savaitgalis Šiuolaikinio meno centre
Triple Consciousness: screening by Ciaran Wood
AIKAS Herbarium: Plant Writing in Situated Ecologies
Susitikimas su menininke Beatriče Mockevičiūte
Archive